NRL player Corey Norman has a message:
“Don’t forget me!”
“I won The Frownlow Medal before and I’ll win it again,” said the 2016 medallist.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.
Norman made the statement after receiving a possible two-match suspension and $20,000 fine from the NRL for his involvement in a street brawl in January. Norman and fellow league player James Segeyaro fought with a group of men outside a bar in Cronulla and were caught on security cameras.
Segeyaro and Norman are friends and business partners, jointly operating the clothing label YTKR, which stands for ‘You Know the Rules’. Apparently they don’t, because Segeyaro is a former Frownlow nominee and is currently serving a ban from the NRL due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Norman won the medal in 2016 due to illicit drug use, social media controversy, a sex tape, intoxication and a salary cap scandal.
Will Norman win The Frownlow Medal in 2016?
No one has ever won it twice. It is possible, but the St George-Illawarra player faces strong opposition. Four league players are currently being investigated for violence against women, and another player for stabbing someone outside a church dance. However, none of these players has been found guilty, so Norman is still in with a fighting chance.